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The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit or...



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Academic Film Archive of North America
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Female Pelvic Examination. Shows abnormalities and involuntary urination during exam.
Topic: Female Pelvic Examination
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
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Topics: physics, science, PSSC
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Dr. Robert I. Hulsizer uses a cloud chamber and gold foil to carry out the historic Rutherford experiment which led to the nuclear model of the atom. He clarifies the behavior of alpha particles by use of large scale models illustrating the nuclear atom and Coulomb scattering. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, atoms, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Lee Bobker/Lester Becker
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The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
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Topics: african-american, black, racism, housing, urban
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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favorite 28

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Discusses the physical structure of rocks thrust to the earth's surface from geological cataclysms such as volcanoes and earthquakes.
Topic: geology
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 11

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‘River of No Return’ has no sound track, music, or narration. The filmmakers, Frederic and Sylvia Christian, are virtual unknowns, a husband and wife team from Spokane who filmed their personal journey down Idaho’s Salmon River in their remarkable two-rudder flat-bottomed boat, “Christian’s Challenger,” which we see them building beside the river at 11:55 into the film. They made the film to accompany their public lectures documenting the four-crew journey down the challenging...
Topics: Salmon River, Snake River, Paul Hoefler
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Les Goldman
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favorite 111

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A parable about the consequences of being a bystander to evil, from a disturbing poem by Maurice Ogden, read by Herschel Bernardi. Shadows and shifting geometric planes lend a Chirico-like quality to Julian's animation. Great musical score by Serge Hovey. About the film, Steve Goldman writes: "Les Goldman was my father. Creating this film was one of the most important accomplishments of his life. He was inspired to make this film after hearing the poem 'Hangman' read on Pacifica Radio in...
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Topics: animation, death, horror
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Burnford, Films Incorporated.
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Designed to create a heightened awareness of color in our environment. Avoids theoretical analysis, emphasizing instead the sensuous and emotional appeal of color and its power to influence vision and feeling. Features an avant-garde auto harp soundtrack by Werner Bracher
Topic: color
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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eye 34,702

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'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BCC-TV
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Examines the nature of sound waves and demonstrates how to measure the speed of sound and diffraction and interference of sound waves.
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gene Kearney
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Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken.
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Topics: schizophrenia, teen angst
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B. West
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Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Scholastic Magazines, inc.
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   This is one of the films in the 'Toute La Bande' series. This film is a landmark of interracial personal relationships in educational films. In his book 'Films You Saw in School,' (McFarland) Geoff Alexander writes: ‘Toute La Bande’ was an exceptional thirteen-part French language instruction series of 1970, created by language educator Mary Glasgow and produced by Donald Carter. [1] Each film in the series consists of a light drama, sequentially beginning with the arrival of a student...
Topics: French, foreign language teaching
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Larry Yust, Encyclopedia Britannica
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Larry Yust's treatment of Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Lottery.' Filmed in the California towns of Fellows and Taft, starring William Benedict, William Fawcett, and Olive Dunbar.
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Topics: Shirley Jackson, Taft, CA, Fellows, CA
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Miss Exotic Dance Contest April 4 1979 
Topic: exotic dance
Academic Film Archive of North America
by James Wong Howe
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This exceptional film shows painter Kingman at work in New York's Chinatown, shot by master cinematographer James Wong Howe.
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Topics: art, painting, Chinese
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carroll Films
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Shows the San Jose Mercury News of 1970 in all elements of production. Briefly shows the IBM 1130 mainframe computer (http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/1130/1130_intro.html)
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Topics: publishing, media
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
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Topics: afana, Herzog
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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The 'Je Parle Français' series of French Language Instruction films was filmed in 1960-61 and produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Film's Milan Herzog in conjunction with Otterbein College professor La Velle Rosselot, and Georges Matoré, Dean of the Language & Civilization Dept, Sorbonne. Rosselot was the prime educational consultant and curriculum developer for the film project. Her father was a history professor at Otterbein, and her brother Gerald was one of the founders of Scientific...
Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica, Milan Herzog, Language Instruction, French
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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Lesson 51 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French languauge instruction series of 1961. Here, Mont Saint-Michel is visited and architectural elements are described. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
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Topics: French langauage instruction, Mont Saint-Michel
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bruce Russell
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To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Edward English
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Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by George Kaczender
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Explores the theories of Karl Marx and how they evolved as the major ideology of one third of the world. The production examines the roots of Marxism and carefully discloses the contradiction between Marx's hopes and today's reality. For more on director George Kaczender, visit http://www.afana.org/kaczender.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Claude Lelouch
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Far more than a travelogue with pretty pictures, this little-known film won six international awards shortly after its release. 'Iran' consists of spectacular geographical and archaeological footage interspersed with "slice of life" shots, evidencing best juxtapositional editing we've ever seen. This is a buried masterpiece from the director of 'A Man and a Woman,' 'Happy New Year,' and 'And Now My Love.' Lelouch reportedly shot six miles of footage to make this film, which apparently...
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Topic: Persia, Petroleum, Qashqai, nomad, Islam, mosque
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Using the radioactive decay of cosmic ray mu-mesons shows the dilation of time in a filmed experiment which takes place on top of Mt. Washington, N.H. and at M.I.T.in Cambridge, Mass. Explains how data are taken to determine the time distribution of the decays of mu-mesons at rest. Determines the counting rate for mu-mesons with speeds of about .99 the speed of light which arrive on top of Mt. Washington and measures the number that survive to reach sea level. Deduces from the experimental...
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Two engineers, Jim and Harry, describe evolution from transistors to ICs, showing how masks are created, and describing fab process. They show 1500 circuits on a wafer, stuff a bread board, talk about the "modern 1966 version," and dual in-line processors.  Shows the Solid State Electronics lab at Stanford.  Shows Burroughs Corp using transistors, as well as Stromberg-Carlson and shows its S-C 1100 Inquiry Display System. Also shows ICs inside an H.H. Scott Model 388 Stereo...
Topics: StanfordElectrocis Lab, Burroughs Corp, Stromberg-Carlson, H.H. Scott
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kent Wilson
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by. Barnes, who must be considered among the...
Topic: apocalypse
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
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Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Dr. Albert Hibbs hosts a film on the subject of the planet Uranus, citing new discoveries and the Voyager II space craft. The film includes a visit to the home of William Herschel, who first identified Uranus in 1781. More on Herschel at https://www.nasa.gov/feature/240-years-ago-astronomer-william-herschel-identifies-uranus-as-the-seventh-planet
Topics: Uranus, William Herschel, Albert Hibbs
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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Here, manic Princeton professor Eric Rogers hosts, continually removing and replacing his eyeglasses, ordering around lab assistants --- he forcefully breaks a glass test tube in the hands of an assistant to demonstrate the inelasticity of water --- and furiously pounds equations on a blackboard (Leacock says the scribblings must have lasted 45 minutes, in what must be one of the more necessary cuts in the history of educational film.) Rogers finally conducts an experiment with a young girl,...
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Topic: Physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Time, Inc. March of Time
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   This 1948 film takes a critical look at the commercial radio broadcasting industry, focusing on its excessive commercialism It includes, from 9:08 to 9:51, footage of Lee de Forest, inventor of the grid Audion, reading his famous admonition to the NAB: “To the National Association of Broadcasters, New York City. Gentlemen: What have you done to my child, the radio broadcast? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America’s mass...
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Topics: radio, celebrities, Lee de Forest
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Susan Sussman
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A disturbing film of lost innocence portraying the experiences of a 12-year-old girl who is torn between the child that she is and the woman that she is becoming.Depicts her fear and excitement of the unknown. Relates the beginning of her awareness of her own sexuality while she copes with family conflicts. From a short story written by Christine Schutt, featuring Lourdes Rivera, Maggie Burke and Robert B. Silver.
Topics: adolescence, Christine Schutt
Academic Film Archive of North America
by EDC (Education Development Center)
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Philip Stapp
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favorite 102

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'Symmetry' (1966) 10m, dir. Philip Stapp Stapp was one of the greatest animators working in the 1950-1975 era, using stylized, often pointillist abstract imagery, in a floating world sometimes surrealist, at other times reminiscent of Japanese "ukiyo-e" illustration. His spectacular 'Symmetry' is his greatest film, a fantasy of dancing images breaking apart, spinning, and converging. For more information on Stapp, visit: http://www.afana.org/stapp.htm
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Topic: Animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Richard Leacock
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favorite 39

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In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in). Or...
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Topics: magnet, degauss, physics, science, PSSC, Leacock
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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favorite 10

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This is a story about a Japanese child who loses a friend, gains a treasured possession, and learns that growing up often means sacrificing one end to gain another. Pictures life in a Japanese home and school, revealing the attitudes, customs, and problems of a farm family living on the edge of a city. Filmed in central Honshu. The narrator is Bill Deneen, who uses a Japanese accent. According to Denneen, this film nearly didn't get distributed. According to Deneen, when EB Films' president...
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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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favorite 4

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Lesson 114 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Here, niece, aunt, and uncle drive to visit friends in an old-world country farm. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topic: French langauage instruction
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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favorite 26

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Explains how Japan's rapid industrial growth has influenced the way of life in the country and has affected the international political and economic position of the country. Suggests that Japan turned to industrialization to support a rapidly growing population on a small and relatively poor land area. Deneen shot the aerial shots himself alone, while piloting a single-engine aircfraft, pointing the camera out the window. As an extra, Deneen appears on-camera in a 3:53 non-distributed film,...
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Topic: Japan Asia, industrial
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Isidore Mankofsky;
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Presents pure spirituals as they were sung during the 19th century on St. Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast.  Was made on the San Fernando Valley St. Coll. Campus.  Songs include: Moses, Yonder Comes Day, Buzzard Lope (Throw Me Anywhere Lord), Adam in the Garden (Picking up Leaves), and Down in the Mire (Bright Star Shinning in Glory).  Singers are: John Davis, Emma Ramsay, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, Bessie Jones.
Topics: singing, spirituals, Georgia Sea Islands
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 20

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Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene. The film opens with a panning shot of...
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Topics: drag king, lesbian nightclub
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Thomas G. Smith
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favorite 118

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Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a...
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Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Vincent R. Tortora
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favorite 13

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Explores the history, traditions and practices of the Lubavitch Hasidic Community of New York. Visits their synagogue, homes, school and other parts of their community. Incorporates Chabad - Hasidic - songs and melodies in the soundtrack
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Topics: Judaism, Lubavitch, Chabad
Academic Film Archive of North America
by March of Time
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From the 'March of Time' series, this fascinating film documents the high-end night club scene of New York City in the post-war years. Scenes and people include the 21 Club, discussing expensive tipping, poor quality food, and showing visitors Orson Welles and Elliott Rockefeller. The El Morocco Club; The Stork Club, showing celebs Jinx Falkenberg, Otto Preminger, and Ed Wynn; Jimmy Dorsey and band at the 400 Club; the Ink Spots singing at the Zanzibar; Greb & Lober dancing at the Embassy...
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Topics: nightclubs, New York, Manhattan, New York City
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Recreates the conflict of Roger Williams with the Puritan leaders of New England, including his attempts to achieve separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, and protection for minority groups; the heresy trial resulting in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his decision to establish the new colony of Rhode Island. Starring Donald Moffat. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Roger Williams, Donald Moffat
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Kevin Smith
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favorite 8

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Qualitative demonstrations of photoelectric effect, using sun and carbon as sources. Experiments measure energy of photoelectron emitted from a potassium surface. With John Strong, assisted by William T. Plummer. The film was directed by Gene Kearney, noted for his film adaptation on Conrad Aiken's 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' ( https://archive.org/details/silent_snow_secret_snow  )
Topic: PSSC physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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favorite 16

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Explains by animated drawings, the operation of a radio vacuum tube in terms of its filament, plate, and grid circuits. Illustrates three functions of the vacuum tube in the radio: how it serves as an amplifier to operate the loud-speaker, as a rectifier in detection, and as an oscillator to generate the carrier wave.
Topics: vacuum tubes, technology
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog
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favorite 10

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Lesson 66 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. Here, the large Druid stones in Bretagne called "Les Menhirs" are visited.This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Topics: Druid, Bretagne, Brittany, French langauage instruction
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jan Lenica
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favorite 52

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A animated version of Ionesco’s tale, a play on the theme of conformity.
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Topics: animation, poland
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Leo A. Handel; Monroe Manning
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A Mexican-American who feels culturally deprived and unsure of his identity is shown his cultural heritage. Discusses Mexican history, how Spanish words, architecture, and music have become part of American culture, and the contributions of outstanding Mexican-Americans. Narrated by Ricardo Montalban, who makes a brief appearance. Several in director Leo Handel's personal circle had cameos in the film. His secretary Laura appears at 17:37, looking at clothing. Her successor, Carol Nocella is...
Topics: Mexican-American, Chicano, culture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Terra Productions
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A portrait of a country and its long relationship with the United States and a report on the political, economic and social crisis emerging in Puerto Rico today.
Topic: Puerto Rico
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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In what might be the most fascinating and unusual promotional film ever made for an institution of higher learning, director John Barnes delivers what is essentially a 32 minute pan shot pastiche of life at an eastern college. St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the subject. Reminiscent of Barnes' museum pans filmed in England and Italy, he moves horizontally through classrooms and laboratories, capturing abstract philosophical discussions, Euclidian mathematical constructions,...
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Topics: College, classical education
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gerald McDermott
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The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic...
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Topics: Animation, Japan, folktale
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Intl Film Foundation
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Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography. Exhibits a...
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Topics: animation, Couperin, baroque, music
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson Productions
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Follow the step-by-step execution of a woodblock print by artist Lowell Naeve from initial sketch to completed edition. Emphasizes the unique qualities of the medium for creative expression. For more on director Carson Davidson, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: art, woodblock, printing
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ed Schuman; Churchill FIlms
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Looks at life in Russia shortly before the disintegration of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Moscow teenager named Alec. Discusses the ethnic diversity of the Soviet Union, the 15 different republics and the challenge of creating a market system and democracy. Discovers Alec's love of rock music, the importance of literature and warm friendships in his culture and how uncertain times affect a teenager's life.
Topic: Soviet Union
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This film documents a day in the life of a 12 year old Korean girl, learning to dive as a haenyeo on the island of Jeju. This novice diver is of the last generation that will engage in this vocation, and serves as an important historical document. Haenyeo divers are able to dive 30-50 feet with no breathing apparatus, holding their breaths for 2-3 minutes. From 30,000 divers in the 1970s, there are only an estimated 5,000 of them today, most over the age of 50. The film shows the girl diving...
Topics: academic film, Korea, diving, Jeju, haenyeo, ama
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Palisades Educational Films
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The Santa Barbara oil spill occurred in January and February 1969 in the Santa Barbara Channel, near the city of Santa Barbara in Southern California. It was the largest oil spill in United States waters by that time, and now ranks third after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez spills. The footage was shot by Kent Durden. More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_Santa_Barbara_oil_spill
Topics: Marine Oil Spill, Santa Barbara Channel, Kent Durden
Academic Film Archive of North America
by David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.
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Uses principles discovered in the laboratory as a basis for interpreting the characteristics of waves and wave motion on the sea surface. Identifies wind as the most common source of a wave's energy, and points out that observation of waves in a tank reveals that the particles in a wave describe circular orbits of a size inversely related to depth.
Topic: waves
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Eugene W. Castle
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Castle Films, whose series ‘The Adventure Parade’ resulted in a number of commercially exotic films on ethnic traditions and cultures, actually utilized authentic music in this film, instead of the boring orchestral scores that were more typical of the era. Although the continued use of the term "these little men", and the embarrassing attempt to comically portray an older member of the group as a cynic seems condescending to present-day sensibilities, the faithful recording of...
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Topics: pygmy, Africa, Werner Herzog
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing 'Turkey In The Straw' and 'Shine On Harvest Moon.'
Topics: Liberace, piano
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services Inc
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Harrison Brown discusses the significance of long time intervals and describes how radioactive dating arrives at an estimate for the age of the earth. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: PSSC, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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John Shive explains that pulse propagation on ropes and slinkies shows elementary characteristics of waves, such as different speeds in different media. He uses a torsion bar wave machine to repeat these experiments to demonstrate reflection and other phenomena. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Edith Sperry
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'Village Potters of Onda' (1966) 27m, dir. Edith Sperry. Shows the activities and ways of life of Japanese folk potters in Onda, a romote village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu, Japan. Presents a detailed account of traditional pottery - making techniques which have remained relatively unchanged for more than250 years. 9 families in village make pottery, including Sakamoto, Yunase (sp?), Kokakuro (sp?). Techniques originated in Korea. Use a total of 7 glazes, kiln is fired every two...
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Topics: pottery, Japan, craft
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopedia Britannica
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Examines geological forces causing the formation of a shield volcano. Shows how the massive lava flow from Mauna Ulu volcano, the first new mountain in the United States in recent history, has reshaped surrounding island terrain. Describes the methods and instruments used by geologists studying volcanic activity.  Uses film footage produced over a five - year period to document an extended Hawaiian volcanic eruption from which, in the early 1970's, a whole new mountain emerged. Reveals how the...
Topics: volcano, geology, Mauna Ulu, Hawaii, Maui
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Educational Services, Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Dorothy Montgomery uses a Leybold tube to measure the curvature of the path of the electrons in a magnetic field and thus determine the mass of the electron. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
Academic Film Archive of North America
by KQED, NET Film Service,
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Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,...
Topic: computer history